Wendy Lee Gadzuk is a mixed media, assemblage artist living in East Oakland. Her work has evolved from a background in jewelry and metal-smithing, costume design, and a love for Gothic architecture, flea markets, and rock'n roll. Above, is a beautiful altar from her - This I Know To Be True.
Thursday, February 9, 2012
If you follow Eclectix then you are familiar with Michelle’s critters- embodiments of the our animal kingdom, cross-dressing as popes, nuns and saints. An active animal lover, her subjects portray emotional projections - angry disdain for human abuse or calm & hypnotic spirituality. Sometimes they regard us with sad mistrust and distaste.
“My "religious animals" paintings are a reaction to the ubiquitous fundamentalist religion in America as well as the idea propounded by most organized religions that animals have no souls. Some of my animal characters have founded their own religion, complete with nuns, popes and televangelists.”
This was originally published on the homepage of Eclectix,
in the Iconic issue, Feb. 2012
For the Iconic online exhibit, click here.